N.b. An Important New Post and a Plea…

If you are interested in keeping up with the Talpiot tomb discussion don’t miss the comment by Kilty and Elliot on the mistaken idea, repeated by so many scholars, including those on the ASOR blog right now, that the Talpiot tomb names are common.It is one of the comments on my article on our recent Patio Tomb investigation that is posted on that site. They take Chris Rollston to task for ignoring the fallacies of the shop worn “the names are common” refrain–see  bibleinterp.com. By the way, if you are one of the 18,000 that have downloaded that article in the last two days take a look again at the picture in the appendix–we have added the museum reproductions of the ossuaries.

For some odd reason all too many of my colleagues love to repeat the idea that Simcha Jacobovici and I are out of touch by once again raising the 2007 “Jesus” tomb for discussion when responsible scholars have long ago dismissed it by showing the names are common. Anyone who has really kept up with the discussion knows that such is not the case. Just see the posts I list below in a recent on this blog: Keeping Up with the Latest on the Talpiot Tomb. Frankly I find this frustrating but also a bit irritating. It seems those who speak with such authority should have done their homework on the latest research. I can’t tell you how much I constantly see repeated by very reputable scholars who have not kept up with even the basics posted on the Bible & Interpetation site.

I truly long for a time when personal innuendos and ugly charges about greed and corruption will cease. As Dom Crossan told me today–they are neither helpful nor humane…I thought that was really well put. Mark Goodacre and I were also writing back and forth on this today and he confessed to me that he is really embarrassed much of the time by the conduct of our colleagues. Fortunately, there are a few in our ranks who always write with respect and professionalism even in heatedly debated areas. I hope I have been one of those and God knows, I have been maligned and attacked more than most and so far as I remember I have never lashed back. Let’s restore some grace to the academy and respect our fellow human beings.

I ask my fellow bloggers in our field to circulate this call for a change in our tone and approach to one another. Enough is enough and those who are the most offensive in these areas know who they are…